Another debut on Monotonik, and honestly, somewhat of a spectacular one from SinQ, aka Sander van Oirschot, a Dutch electronic musician who's produced, in his album 'Passage', one of our favorite works so far this year - and we're lucky enough to be able to release it for free, too!
Completely licensed via Creative Commons, and even using multiple CC-licensed recordings as samples, SinQ's blend of triphop, electronics, and ambient is evocative and beautiful, with first track 'Who's Afraid Of Noises?' using haunting female vocals, samples from noted Dutch jazz pianist Jeroen van Vliet, and a loping Bristolian sound to air things out in a rather wonderful way.
In general, it's either an ambient hush or gorgeous blisslike nu-chill, reminiscent of some of the best of the genre, with 'Be Brave' rinsing out the evocative, Overpass building up a kind of slow train groove, and 'Are You There?' leading up to a soundtrack high. Things all end out with 'Epiloque', again gorgeous, and really the epitome of what Monotonik has tried to provide for the last few years - the best headphone music you can find.
June 16, 2008 Subject:
A contender for best netlabel release ever
If asked to name my favorite netlabel release ever, I would probably name Esem's "Scataren" album. This album, however, ranks pretty close to that one and might even give it a run for its money. Like the Esem album, this is an extremely well written and produced melodic IDM record which often conjures up wistful feelings. This one differs, however, in having a more soulful feel on a number of the tracks, including some well done vocals on the track "Be Brave." Sometimes the music has an almost ominous feel to it, though never in a way that is oppressive or scary. Whereas the Esem album seems more like a trek through some exotic jungle landscape, this album, often through the effective use of sampled voices and sounds, gives the feel of being far more rooted in an everyday urban/suburban setting, though still giving a sense of the mysterious and beautiful that lurks within and behind the everyday reality. Excellent stuff.
October 17, 2006 Subject:
this IS a passage
ordinarily, when a collection starts off on the 'trip-hop' side, i
pull back a bit. but from the first cut, this was no ordinary set.
the inability to pigeonhole any of it is only one of passage's
strongpoints. by the time i got to 'overpass' this collection owned me. as someone who has, and listens to EVERYTHING, it
takes a special something to get me involved-in fact, i was designing a poster for a client, and would find myself stopping
to look back at what was on-this is a work which conjures up
many feelings- fro example, by the end of the opening cut, washes of projects like 'burial' were floating somewhere in the
back of my brain. none of this is to say it SOUNDS like anyone
else- its got its own integrity.
essential stuff from monotonik. right up there with sleepy town
manufacture. if these were monotonik's only two artists, theyd be one super label.
great stuff, now get back to work with more. (i liked that reference to AROVANE in your website)
stephen spera www.stephenspera.com